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22nd Apr '17 5:03:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''SuikodenV'' has Shigure, one of the members of the [[PrivateDetective Oboro Detective Agency]]. Oboro insists that he's a talented investigator, and combat-wise he's a LightningBruiser who can easily slice up enemies... but he'd much rather lay around, and complains "What a pain..." whenever he's roped into working.
* Juan from ''SuikodenIII'' is in a similar boat. Physically he's the best attacker in the game and a talented combat trainer. However, he's very lazy and even starts battles asleep.

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* ''SuikodenV'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
** ''VideoGame/SuikodenV''
has Shigure, one of the members of the [[PrivateDetective Oboro Detective Agency]]. Oboro insists that he's a talented investigator, and combat-wise he's a LightningBruiser who can easily slice up enemies... but he'd much rather lay around, and complains "What a pain..." whenever he's roped into working.
* Juan from ''SuikodenIII'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' is in a similar boat. Physically he's the best attacker in the game and a talented combat trainer. However, he's very lazy and even starts battles asleep.
18th Apr '17 3:30:28 PM merotoker
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** PlayedWith regarding some of the Saiyans.

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** PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] regarding some of the Saiyans.



* Appropriately enough, Sloth from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He's easily one of the most powerful [[spoiler:and the fastest]] homunculi, he just can't be bothered to do anything unless Father forces him to. [[spoiler:Apparently, even ''living'' takes too much effort for him, as he realizes in his dying moments]].

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* Appropriately enough, Sloth from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. He's easily one of the most powerful [[spoiler:and the fastest]] homunculi, he just can't be bothered to do anything unless Father forces him to. [[spoiler:Apparently, even ''living'' takes too much effort for him, as he realizes in his dying moments]].moments.]]



* The titular character of the ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' series. At the start of the series he's a deadbeat who has spends all his time gambling, but when he's thrown into some AbsurdlyHighStakesGame at the hands of the Teai group to pay off his [[TrappedByGamblingDebts debt]], he's capable of pulling off some amazing strategies and gambits in order to survive. However, once he pressure is off he'll often fall back into his usuall lazy habits.

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* The titular character of the ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' series. At the start of the series he's a deadbeat who has spends all his time gambling, but when he's thrown into some AbsurdlyHighStakesGame at the hands of the Teai group to pay off his [[TrappedByGamblingDebts debt]], he's capable of pulling off some amazing strategies and gambits in order to survive. However, once he pressure is off he'll often fall back into his usuall usual lazy habits.



* Ryner Lute of ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' is the most skilled mage in his kingdom, is talented at combat with his lightning-fast reflexes, and backs it all up with a [[PowerCopying special ability called Alpha Stigma]]. But he'd rather nap all the time, and, even when he fights, puts in as little effort as he can get away with (though lazy Ryner can still compete with other mages at their best). [[spoiler:He chooses to be passive because when he overuses his powers, he risks being possessed by an OmnicidalManiac SuperpoweredEvilSide]].

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* Ryner Lute of ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes'' is the most skilled mage in his kingdom, is talented at combat with his lightning-fast reflexes, and backs it all up with a [[PowerCopying special ability called Alpha Stigma]]. But he'd rather nap all the time, and, even when he fights, puts in as little effort as he can get away with (though lazy Ryner can still compete with other mages at their best). [[spoiler:He chooses to be passive because when he overuses his powers, he risks being possessed by an OmnicidalManiac SuperpoweredEvilSide]].SuperpoweredEvilSide.]]



* Michelangelo of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' wields the nunchaku, an extremely difficult weapon to master, while his brother can't. Despite his natural talent, he would rather sit down and play video games.

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* Michelangelo of the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' wields the nunchaku, an extremely difficult weapon to master, while his brother brothers can't. Despite his natural talent, he would rather sit down and play video games.



* Subverted by Peter Parker, alias [[ComicBook/SpiderMan the Amazing Spider-Man]]. Peter is a brilliant scientist who's quite capable of acing his studies, but his constantly being forced to WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld as Spider-Man means that he can't dedicate as much time to his schoolwork as he wants. As a result, he's considered lazy, even though he actually isn't.

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* Subverted by Peter Parker, alias [[ComicBook/SpiderMan [[Franchise/SpiderMan the Amazing Spider-Man]]. Peter is a brilliant scientist who's quite capable of acing his studies, but his constantly being forced to WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld as Spider-Man means that he can't dedicate as much time to his schoolwork as he wants. As a result, he's considered lazy, even though he actually isn't.



** Wally may not actually be brilliant, but he's at least a case of ''Competent'', but Lazy. He could achieve a lot more if his immediate superior was someone other than the one and only PointyHairedBoss. The original Wally, in his very first appearance, is brilliant, but trying to get fired to get a company severance package. ScottAdams has said this scenario was ''exactly'' based on Real Life. In one storyline he made so much money betting ''against'' the company in the stock market that he was a billionaire. He kept working there because he didn't know how to make coffee. Wally worked on the company's accounting software in the 80's. 'It's a million lines of undocumented spaghetti logic'. He'll be receiving paychecks long after he's dead. More than one time he has shown that his true ambition in life is to be ''useless'', not lazy; in fact, he tends to put more effort into creative new ways of avoiding anything resembling a task than any amount that could possibly demanded by said task. He once joined golf to learn new ways of being useless.

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** Wally may not actually be brilliant, but he's at least a case of ''Competent'', but Lazy. He could achieve a lot more if his immediate superior was someone other than the one and only PointyHairedBoss. The original Wally, in his very first appearance, is brilliant, but trying to get fired to get a company severance package. ScottAdams Creator/ScottAdams has said this scenario was ''exactly'' based on Real Life. In one storyline he made so much money betting ''against'' the company in the stock market that he was a billionaire. He kept working there because he didn't know how to make coffee. Wally worked on the company's accounting software in the 80's. 'It's a million lines of undocumented spaghetti logic'. He'll be receiving paychecks long after he's dead. More than one time he has shown that his true ambition in life is to be ''useless'', not lazy; in fact, he tends to put more effort into creative new ways of avoiding anything resembling a task than any amount that could possibly demanded by said task. He once joined golf to learn new ways of being useless.



* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..." The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."

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* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. He brings home Cs and Ds, when [[HiddenDepths the viewers (as well as Calvin's parents) know he's capable of much more]], given how much effort he puts into his plans to throw Snowballs at Susie, has a ''lot'' of creativity that he spends building Snowmen, and knows just about ''everything'' about Dinosaurs. He thinks of things much beyond the simple first grade material, but he'd much rather hang out all day exploring the woods behind his house. In one strip, he gets a good grade on a test, but he feels that it's just not worth the effort. In another strip when he was comparing test grades with Susie, she was surprised why he was happier in getting a C than an A. He tells her that he figures that life is easier if he keeps everyone's expectations lower. Lampshaded in another strips, where his teacher says, "Calvin, if you'd put ''half'' the energy of your protests into your schoolwork..." The guy is a philosopher as well. He asks his father "how does men killing each other solve the world's problems?" to which his dad has no response to.response. Also, when he sees a pile of litter in the forest he states that "the truest sign that intelligent life exists is that none of it has tried to contact us."



* Jormungandr in FanFic/TheGreatSlaveKing is extremely crafty and intelligent, but is quite laid back and relaxed, to the point of falling asleep during moots and being more concerned over the lack of catering than one of his fellow deities lying dead on the floor.

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* Jormungandr in FanFic/TheGreatSlaveKing ''FanFic/TheGreatSlaveKing'' is extremely crafty and intelligent, but is quite laid back and relaxed, to the point of falling asleep during moots and being more concerned over the lack of catering than one of his fellow deities lying dead on the floor.



* Askin Nakk le Vaar is portrayed as this in Fanfic/AlabasterOrchestra, allowing fleeing enemies to escape, and quickly killing those who choose to stand and fight.

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* Askin Nakk le Vaar is portrayed as this in Fanfic/AlabasterOrchestra, ''Fanfic/AlabasterOrchestra'', allowing fleeing enemies to escape, and quickly killing those who choose to stand and fight.



* Avatar in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' is a wise and powerful wizard but prefers to spend his time sleeping and [[DirtyOldMan ogling]] the beautiful Elinore. In fact, when he confronts his EvilTwin Black Wolf, he claims that, unlike his brother, he hasn't practiced a lot of magic in years. Which is true, as he barely uses any magic, beyond simple tricks, throughout the movie.



* Avatar in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards}}'' is a wise and powerful wizard but prefers to spend his time sleeping and [[DirtyOldMan ogling]] the beautiful Elinore. In fact, when he confronts his EvilTwin Black Wolf, he claims that, unlike his brother, he hasn't practiced a lot of magic in years. Which is true, as he barely uses any magic, beyond simple tricks, throughout the movie.



* The protagonist of PeterPaysTribute has perfected the art of the low B average, getting just good enough grades so that his Dad leaves him alone.

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* The protagonist of PeterPaysTribute ''Literature/PeterPaysTribute'' has perfected the art of the low B average, getting just good enough grades so that his Dad leaves him alone.



* In the Creator/AgathaChristie book ''TheBigFour'', Poirot mentions his brilliant but lazy brother Achille, who is essentially a parody of Mycroft Holmes. [[spoiler:Assuming Poirot didn't make him up.]]
* HerculePoirot counts. He only took cases if they interested him or if they were literally forced on him, and he avoided doing legwork whenever possible. The crime scene investigation is for [[TakeThat quite inferior detectives]] who couldn't fathom to use [[CatchPhrase the little grey cells]], after all.

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* In the Creator/AgathaChristie book ''TheBigFour'', ''Literature/TheBigFour'', Poirot mentions his brilliant but lazy brother Achille, who is essentially a parody of Mycroft Holmes. [[spoiler:Assuming Poirot didn't make him up.]]
* HerculePoirot Literature/HerculePoirot counts. He only took cases if they interested him or if they were literally forced on him, and he avoided doing legwork whenever possible. The crime scene investigation is for [[TakeThat quite inferior detectives]] who couldn't fathom to use [[CatchPhrase the little grey cells]], after all.



* OlderThanPrint: The classic Chinese novel ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' uses this trope to describe Pang Tong initially. He was first assigned to help govern a city, but did very little else than get drunk and laze about. When admonished for not doing his job, Pang Tong (still drunk) issued several edicts in a span of mere minutes and every problem in the city was taken care of. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Pang Tong acted like this intentionally, offended that someone of his talent and brilliance was reduced to such a lowly position, to prove his worth.]]

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* OlderThanPrint: The classic Chinese novel ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' uses this trope to describe Pang Tong initially. He was first assigned to help govern a city, but did very little else than get drunk and laze about. When admonished for not doing his job, Pang Tong (still drunk) issued several edicts in a span of mere minutes and every problem in the city was taken care of. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Pang Tong acted like this intentionally, offended that someone of his talent and brilliance was reduced to such a lowly position, to prove his worth.]]worth]].



* Jessica Wakefield of SweetValleyHigh. In one of the earlier books, it's stated that she gets good grades in most of her classes, despite her primary concern being boys, parties and shopping. Later books indicate that she's a poor student, but it seems to be everyone's opinion that she'd be an excellent one if she simply applied herself, which in fact does happen several times in the series. Additionally, she is shown to have a natural aptitude and skill for certain things. And in the best example of this, she aces the [=SATs=], considerably outscoring Elizabeth, despite barely studying. Unfortunately, rather than congratulating her, everyone thinks she cheated.

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* Jessica Wakefield of SweetValleyHigh.Literature/SweetValleyHigh. In one of the earlier books, it's stated that she gets good grades in most of her classes, despite her primary concern being boys, parties and shopping. Later books indicate that she's a poor student, but it seems to be everyone's opinion that she'd be an excellent one if she simply applied herself, which in fact does happen several times in the series. Additionally, she is shown to have a natural aptitude and skill for certain things. And in the best example of this, she aces the [=SATs=], considerably outscoring Elizabeth, despite barely studying. Unfortunately, rather than congratulating her, everyone thinks she cheated.



* In the original book of Literature/CheaperByTheDozen, one of the early signs of Frank Gilbreth's interest in efficiency is when he works as a bricklayer in his teen years: Normally, as the wall got higher, a bricklayer would have to stop periodically to collect the mortar that falls to the floor, but Gilbreth devised his own system to minimize and catch any wasted mortar. His boss at the time told him: "You ain't smart. You're just too damn lazy to squat."
* Beowulf Schaeffer in Creator/LarryNiven's KnownSpace stories gets into adventures because he is, as the author puts it, "too lazy to stay out of trouble, but bright enough to think his way out once he was in".

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* In the original book of Literature/CheaperByTheDozen, ''Literature/CheaperByTheDozen'', one of the early signs of Frank Gilbreth's interest in efficiency is when he works as a bricklayer in his teen years: Normally, as the wall got higher, a bricklayer would have to stop periodically to collect the mortar that falls to the floor, but Gilbreth devised his own system to minimize and catch any wasted mortar. His boss at the time told him: "You ain't smart. You're just too damn lazy to squat."
* Beowulf Schaeffer in Creator/LarryNiven's KnownSpace Literature/KnownSpace stories gets into adventures because he is, as the author puts it, "too lazy to stay out of trouble, but bright enough to think his way out once he was in".



** In his youth, Shawn was intending on following his dad's footsteps despite it all. But complciations led to Henry and Madeline Spencer splitting (namely an opportunity for Maddie) and Henry took the fall so Shawn would not resent his mother. This led to quite the BrokenPedestal for Shawn regarding his dad and he committed the felony to spite his dad and not become a cop as a result. The relationship between the two recovers, especially once Shawn learns the truth from his mother.

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** In his youth, Shawn was intending on following his dad's footsteps despite it all. But complciations complications led to Henry and Madeline Spencer splitting (namely an opportunity for Maddie) and Henry took the fall so Shawn would not resent his mother. This led to quite the BrokenPedestal for Shawn regarding his dad and he committed the felony to spite his dad and not become a cop as a result. The relationship between the two recovers, especially once Shawn learns the truth from his mother.



* Ned from ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is labeled as a "smart but lazy student" by some of the school staff. He's clever enough to come up with [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]] and write a School Survival Guide with very useful tips, and he could make straight A's if he would only try, but he never cares enough to do so.

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* Ned from ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is labeled as a "smart but lazy student" by some of the school staff. He's clever enough to come up with [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]] {{Zany Scheme}}s and write a School Survival Guide with very useful tips, and he could make straight A's if he would only try, but he never cares enough to do so.



* Onslow in ''KeepingUpAppearances'' is a working-class FatBastard who mostly just stays home and watches telly. He is also an [[ThePhilosopher armchair philosopher]] more than capable of understanding graduate-level texts.

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* Onslow in ''KeepingUpAppearances'' ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' is a working-class FatBastard who mostly just stays home and watches telly. He is also an [[ThePhilosopher armchair philosopher]] more than capable of understanding graduate-level texts.



* In West-African mythology, this is one of [[TricksterArchetype Anansi The Spider's]] major character traits. Most of the times where he has the tables turned on him are due to the fact that he is so intent on avoiding work that he often screws himself over.
* This is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation one interpretation]] of Askeladd from Norwegian folktales. In nearly every story he's said to occupy himself with poking the ashes in the fire, a job reserved for weak (or sometimes just plain lazy) members of the household. But he saves the day by bullshiting his way through everything.

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* In West-African mythology, this is one of [[TricksterArchetype [[TheTrickster Anansi The Spider's]] major character traits. Most of the times where he has the tables turned on him are due to the fact that he is so intent on avoiding work that he often screws himself over.
* This is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation one interpretation]] of Askeladd from Norwegian folktales. In nearly every story he's said to occupy himself with poking the ashes in the fire, a job reserved for weak (or sometimes just plain lazy) members of the household. But he saves the day by bullshiting his way through everything.



** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting, there's Factol Karan, the leader of the Xaositects -- sometimes. As the leader of a group that embraces Chaos, he doesn't always use his skills to their fullest pontetial, even though his is a powerful warrior. As ''The Factol's Manifesto'' puts it, "Karan is a great leader, he just doesn't lead his men to great things."

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** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting, there's Factol Karan, the leader of the Xaositects -- sometimes. As the leader of a group that embraces Chaos, he doesn't always use his skills to their fullest pontetial, potential, even though his is a powerful warrior. As ''The Factol's Manifesto'' puts it, "Karan is a great leader, he just doesn't lead his men to great things."



* Jason Bay in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'' is like this in his personality.

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* %%* Jason Bay in ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'' is like this in his personality.



* [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Jet Bradley]] shows many signs of the Trope, much to his father's annoyance. Getting arrested for hacking into the school's server (because he was "bored"), getting an "A" in computer science while getting three incompletes in his other college classes, getting sent to the principal's office in high school for making sarcastic comments in class. When he ''does'' clean up his act, he turns down a promotion in order to continue making video games.

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* [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'': Jet Bradley]] Bradley shows many signs of the Trope, much to his father's annoyance. Getting arrested for hacking into the school's server (because he was "bored"), getting an "A" in computer science while getting three incompletes in his other college classes, getting sent to the principal's office in high school for making sarcastic comments in class. When he ''does'' clean up his act, he turns down a promotion in order to continue making video games.



** Maya also shows herself to be a gifted medium, frequently able to channel her sister in seconds whereas normally a ritual is needed. She's also easily able to channel [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne, a person she's never seen before which is a big prerequisite for chanelling someone that even Pearl needs while scared out of her wits, cold, tired and very hungry.]] However, she tends to shirk her training for various reasons and solve murders with Phoenix instead.

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** Maya also shows herself to be a gifted medium, frequently able to channel her sister in seconds whereas normally a ritual is needed. She's also easily able to channel [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne, a person she's never seen before which is a big prerequisite for chanelling someone that even Pearl needs while scared out of her wits, cold, tired and very hungry.]] hungry]]. However, she tends to shirk her training for various reasons and solve murders with Phoenix instead.



* Buster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' - in one episode he admits to having never read a book. His friends try unsuccessfully getting him to read increasingly simple books ("The sky is blue. The ocean is blue..."). The next day Buster shows up at school with Arthur's several-hundred page book about RobinHood saying he's almost done with it - because it was the only one he actually found interesting.

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* Buster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' - in one episode he admits to having never read a book. His friends try unsuccessfully getting him to read increasingly simple books ("The sky is blue. The ocean is blue..."). The next day Buster shows up at school with Arthur's several-hundred page book about RobinHood Myth/RobinHood saying he's almost done with it - because it was the only one he actually found interesting.



* Helga in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is shown to possess an intellect well beyond that of the typical fourth grader. She's a talented poet with an impressive vocabulary and gets an impressive score on her aptitude test. Unfortunately, being neglected by her parents in favor of her older sister Olga has squandered her confidence and most of the time she doesn't even try to do well in school.

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* Helga in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is shown to possess an intellect well beyond that of the typical fourth grader. She's a talented poet with an impressive vocabulary and gets an impressive score on her aptitude test. Unfortunately, [[TheUnfavourite being neglected by her parents in favor of her older sister Olga Olga]] has squandered her confidence and most of the time she doesn't even try to do well in school.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; Slouchy Smurf. He rarely makes much effort to do anything, but unlike Lazy Smurf - who's simply lazy - he has a lot of good ideas in his debut episode in the cartoon he invented the paper airplane and the saxophone just by idly messing about. He became a lot less lazy after being de-aged to a Smurfling. [[FridgeLogic (Maybe because kids have more energy?)]]



** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail. This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to do ''algebraic equations'' as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].
*** This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works. However, it is all presented in a chronological order: he spents his early adulthood in troubled state and as a bum before getting a job in demolition to work out his anger (while also going to night school) and eventually becomes a Cheif Justice in his older adult years.)

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** Bart Simpson is a good example. He can be pretty cunning, deductive, and intelligent when he puts his mind to it, particularly when up against his nemesis Sideshow Bob, but in school he'd rather do the bare minimum (if that). He mastered two languages (Spanish and French) in a relatively short time. Only to 'forget' French and have Spanish knocked out of him. And Japanese along with Homer after a short while in jail. This also shown mixed with his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] where he's willing to do ''algebraic equations'' as a distraction from the ten page book report he was assigned. When an aptitude test shows that he's not useless and is suited to be a police officer, he unleashes that potential. [[ResetButton For a while]].
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This also overlaps with BookDumb, as when he actually does try in one episode, he technically still fails the test. He only manages to pass because he related his experience to something he read in his studies, which got him extra credit for "applied knowledge". A FlashForward shows that he will be a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Made made even more impressive in that in a not-as-far flash forward, he went to night school for his law degree. (Then again, in almost all the others, he's a bum, or at least hardly works. However, it is all presented in a chronological order: he spents his early adulthood in troubled state and as a bum before getting a job in demolition to work out his anger (while also going to night school) and eventually becomes a Cheif Chief Justice in his older adult years.)



** Krusty is almost emblematic of hacky comedians, but several episodes suggest he has a lot of potential. The biggest is probably The Last Temptation of Krust, where he decides to try out stand-up and finds some success as a Creator/GeorgeCarlin {{Expy}}. However, Krusty sticks with stolen Steve Martin bits and poorly-timed vaudeville slapstick because he believes firmly that [[MoneyDearBoy kids are the most profitable demographic]], and kids will watch anything.

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** Krusty is almost emblematic of hacky comedians, but several episodes suggest he has a lot of potential. The biggest is probably The "The Last Temptation of Krust, Krust", where he decides to try out stand-up and finds some success as a Creator/GeorgeCarlin {{Expy}}. However, Krusty sticks with stolen Steve Martin bits and poorly-timed vaudeville slapstick because he believes firmly that [[MoneyDearBoy kids are the most profitable demographic]], and kids will watch anything.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; Slouchy Smurf. He rarely makes much effort to do anything, but unlike Lazy Smurf - who's simply lazy - he has a lot of good ideas in his debut episode in the cartoon he invented the paper airplane and the saxophone just by idly messing about. He became a lot less lazy after being de-aged to a Smurfling. [[FridgeLogic (Maybe because kids have more energy?)]]



* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is already one of the smartest characters on the show and would be extremely competent if not for his extreme apathy to everything. In ''Opposite Day'' he rebuilt Spongebob's entire ''house'' all by himself, something that, due to him hating his neighbor and wanting nothing to do with him, didn't bother to do in ''Home Sweet Pineapple''.

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* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is already one of the smartest characters on the show and would be extremely competent if not for his extreme apathy to everything. In ''Opposite Day'' he rebuilt Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s entire ''house'' all by himself, something that, due to him hating his neighbor and wanting nothing to do with him, didn't bother to do in ''Home Sweet Pineapple''.



Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.

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Many gifted kids skate through elementary school without being challenged. When they actually have to work to learn something, they become frustrated and shut down. They don't understand why the answer doesn't just pop in their head. This is why it is important to challenge them early and often so they know what it feels like to actually learn something. This concept of challenge is often referred to as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_of_proximal_development zone of proximal development]] by educators. On top of that, a lot of these gifted kids are known to have AspergersSyndrome, UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, ADHD, or some other pervasive developmental disorder that causes them to be poorly catered for.



* Trym Torson of famous black metal band [[Music/{{Emperor}} Emperor]] is renowned as a technical drummer but claims to only sit behind a kit during band practice. Compare the similarly skilled Jan Axel Blomberg of [[Music/{{Mayhem}} Mayhem]] who plays 6 hours of drums a day whether his band is around or not.

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* Trym Torson of famous black metal band [[Music/{{Emperor}} Emperor]] Music/{{Emperor}} is renowned as a technical drummer but claims to only sit behind a kit during band practice. Compare the similarly skilled Jan Axel Blomberg of [[Music/{{Mayhem}} Mayhem]] Music/{{Mayhem}} who plays 6 hours of drums a day whether his band is around or not.



* While being critically acclaimed in his country, the brazilian writer Aníbal Machado has a work consisting of just a few short stories and one novel. This novel, called ''João Ternura'', was written for around 45 years, with interruptions in the meantime, only been published posthumously.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs}} MBTI]] intuitive-thinking (NT) types, especially INTJ and INTP, are prone to this.

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* While being critically acclaimed in his country, the brazilian Brazilian writer Aníbal Machado has a work consisting of just a few short stories and one novel. This novel, called ''João Ternura'', was written for around 45 years, with interruptions in the meantime, only been published posthumously.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs}} [[UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs MBTI]] intuitive-thinking (NT) types, especially INTJ and INTP, are prone to this.
13th Apr '17 5:16:05 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''; Slouchy Smurf. He rarely makes much effort to do anything, but unlike Lazy Smurf - who's simply lazy - he has a lot of good ideas in his debut episode in the cartoon he invented the paper airplane and the saxophone just by idly messing about. He became a lot less lazy after being de-aged to a Smurfling. [[FridgeLogic (Maybe because kids have more energy?)]]
12th Apr '17 11:28:56 PM JoeMerl
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* [[TheCaligula Tallest Red]] of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is implied to be this. In "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" he's shown to manually control the entire planet-sized ship and repair its hacked programs single-handedly. He'd still rather be screwing around and eating doughnuts, though.

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* [[TheCaligula Tallest Red]] of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is implied to be this. In "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars" he's shown to manually control the entire planet-sized ship and repair its hacked programs single-handedly. He'd still rather be screwing around and eating doughnuts, doughnuts with his [[VillainousFriendship best friend]][=/=][[BigBadDuumvirate co-ruler Purple]], though.
9th Apr '17 6:17:32 PM nombretomado
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** Another example on the show is Barney Gumble, Homer's barfly of a friend, who has proven to have a lot of talents when he isn't drinking. In fact, a flashback showed that he was Harvard-bound as a teenager until Homer introduced him to beer on the night before they had to take the SATs. Probably the biggest example was [[ShowWithinAShow the poignant and touching movie]] he directed and starred in about his alcoholism. (The only really bad thing about the otherwise excellent film was the title, ''Pukahontas''.)

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** Another example on the show is Barney Gumble, Homer's barfly of a friend, who has proven to have a lot of talents when he isn't drinking. In fact, a flashback showed that he was Harvard-bound as a teenager until Homer introduced him to beer on the night before they had to take the SATs.UsefulNotes/SATs. Probably the biggest example was [[ShowWithinAShow the poignant and touching movie]] he directed and starred in about his alcoholism. (The only really bad thing about the otherwise excellent film was the title, ''Pukahontas''.)
3rd Apr '17 6:04:02 PM nombretomado
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--> '''Barney:''' Hi, Homer. Since they made me stop drinking, I've regained my balance and diction! Observe: [does backflips] "[[ThePiratesOfPenzance I am the very model of a modern major general, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral.]]"

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--> '''Barney:''' Hi, Homer. Since they made me stop drinking, I've regained my balance and diction! Observe: [does backflips] "[[ThePiratesOfPenzance "[[Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance I am the very model of a modern major general, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral.]]"
27th Mar '17 6:36:05 PM dsneybuf
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* ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'''s title character seems like a talented inventor and writer, but also a simpleton who takes his duties for ''Boys' Life'' magazine progressively less seriously.
22nd Mar '17 7:29:14 AM LovePsychothefirst
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** He also acts as a [[DecontructedTrope deconstruction]] as, in some cases (like said secrets above), he really ''should'' have done something. He even admits it later.

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** He also acts as a [[DecontructedTrope [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] as, in some cases (like said secrets above), he really ''should'' have done something. He even admits it later.
22nd Mar '17 7:28:10 AM LovePsychothefirst
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** He also acts as a [[DecontructedTrope deconstruction]] as, in some cases (like said secrets above), he really ''should'' have done something. He even admits it later.
* [[MemeticBadass Yuri]] [[BloodKnight Lowell]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is also like this, especially at the start of the game. Various people want him to return to the knights because they think he's wasting his time. CharacterDevelopment and events has him start buckling down and putting effort into things; and when he does, it proves the general desire to get him back into the knights to be well founded as he really is that talented and skilled, not to mention ''much'' smarter than he seems at first.
21st Mar '17 2:39:13 PM Clockwork_Lemon
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* The titular character of the ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' series. At the start of the series he's a deadbeat who has spends all his time gambling, but when he's thrown into some AbsurdlyHighStakesGame at the hands of the Teai group to pay off his [[TrappedByGamblingDebts debt]], he's capable of pulling off some amazing strategies and gambits in order to survive. However, once he pressure is off he'll often fall back into his usuall lazy habits.
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